FrostDefense Environtech Receives $1 Million Phase II NSF SBIR Award

Categories : EnterpriseWorks, Recognition & Awards
Posted on: September 10, 2021

FrostDefense Envirotech Inc., an agtech startup based at the EnterpriseWorks technology incubator in Research Park, has been awarded a highly competitive SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Phase II grant by the National Science Foundation.

The $1 million, two-year award will expand the company’s capacity to further develop its propriety technology to protect grapes from early spring frost damage.

The two-year funding will help the company accelerate production and bring its specialty product to the market.

The company is led by Dr. Manfredo Seufferheld, president, and vice president Dr. Gabriel Burks (pictured below).

FrostDefense Envirotech Wins Phase II SBIR Award

FrostDefense Envirotech Inc. develops sprayable polymer products that delay grape bud break and a complementary predictive analytics package that predicts both frost events and grape phenology.

FrostDefense received its original Phase I SBIR Award from NSF in 2020, for $225,000.

To learn more about its team, the project, and the company, visit the FrostDefense Envirotech website at